Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

After breaking a toe, Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell has rebounded and found his groove as he leads the Rays into an AL East battle against C.C. Sabathia and the New York Yankees on Friday, May 17th. Will Snell keep the Rays on top of the AL East?

How to Watch

Where: Yankee Stadium, New York City, NY

When: Friday, May 17th at 7:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Rays TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun, WDAE 620 AM. Yankees TV/Radio: YES, WFAN 101.9FM.

Team Notes

Tampa Bay Rays

After a hot start, the Rays have treaded water over the last ten games with a 5-5 record.

The Rays are dealing with a huge loss to their rotation with the forearm strain of starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who will miss 4-6 weeks with the injury.

The Rays are 7-1 to win the American League and 13-1 to win the 2019 World Series title.

New York Yankees

The Yankees are neck and neck with the Rays for the top spot in the AL East and with some of their injured stars soon to return, look for New York to take over the division.

Returning this week is dual threat OF Aaron Hicks who has power and speed to burn, boosting the Yankee lineup.

The Yankees have 3-1 odds to win the AL crown and are sitting with 7-1 odds to win this year’s World Series.

Pitcher Notes

Rays: Blake Snell (3-4, 3.56 ERA)

After breaking a toe and hitting the IL, Snell had a dreadful start against the Royals on May 1st, but he’s been fabulous in his last two outings, allowing just two earned runs in 11.2 innings.

Snell has struck out 21 batters over the last two starts with just two walks.

  • In his last start against the Yankees on May 12th, Snell threw 5.2 innings, allowing only four hits and two walks.
  • Right-handed hitters are batting only .199 against Snell in his eight starts.
  • The Rays lefty has a whopping 62 strikeouts in 43 innings.

New York Yankees: C.C. Sabathia (4-1, 1.75 ERA)

Sabathia continues to be one of the craftiest pitchers in baseball, recently recording his 3000th career strikeout.

This season, the Yankees starter has allowed 23 hits and 13 walks over his 30.1 innings.

  • In his last start, Sabathia allowed two homers in five innings of a 7-2 loss to the Rays.
  • The Yanks lefty has surrendered eight homers in his last four starts, with three of those games coming on the road.
  • Opposing batters are hitting just .205 against Sabathia through his first six starts.

Hitter Notes

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays have hit well on the road, plating 85 runs in 17 games for a 5 runs-per-game average.

On the road, Tampa Bay has 21 homers and has hit .266 on the season.

  • OF Avisail Garcia is 4 for 16 versus Sabathia, with one homer and three RBI.
  • OF Kevin Kiermaier is 5 for 16 against the Yankees starter with two solo homers.
  • DH Yandy Diaz is 1 for 3 in his career against the New York lefty with a solo homer.

New York Yankees

Through 22 home games, the Yankees have posted 97 runs for an underwhelming 4.4 runs-per-game, a total that speaks to the injuries New York has endured to top hitters.

The Yankees have launched 27 homers at Yankee Stadium with a batting average that has fallen to .245.

  • Returning OF Aaron Hicks is 1 for 10 against Snell but has a solo homer against the Rays ace.
  • C Gary Sanchez is 4 for 11 with three homers and four RBI against Snell.
  • 2B Gleyber Torres is 1 for 5 versus the Rays lefty with a three-run homer.

Roster Notes

Tampa Bay Rays

  • SP Tyler Glasnow has hit the IL with a forearm strain and should be out 4-6 weeks minimum.
  • C Mike Zunino has a strained quad and could miss several weeks before returning to the Rays.
  • 2B Joey Wendle is rehabbing his fractured wrist slowly taking swings with a brace and working through fielding drills.

New York Yankees

  • SS Didi Gregorius is taking swings and infield practice and could return from Tommy John surgery in late June, a few weeks ahead of schedule.
  • OF Giancarlo Stanton is lightly swinging the bat but still remains a few weeks from returning due to an oblique and shoulder injury.
  • 1B Greg Bird is recovering from a plantar fascia tear and has been placed on the 60-day IL.

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